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Man Vs. Indian Man is the ideal outfit for us to exhibit for any reader clicking over here already convinced that there’s nothing fresh, exciting or unique happening in the Ann Arbor music scene. Think again. Dreamy fogs of trip-hop and flickers of synth-heavy electronica set an intriguing musical milieu for these FX-dazzled vocals to spill their lilting melodies over, accommodating the avant-gardists, the leftfield-hip-hop enthusiasts and even those with ears for the pure, pretty harmonies of vocal-pop.
Listen: Man Vs. Indian Man – “Never Knowing”
MVIM already made a splash last month in Hamtramck, opening for James Linck. They’ll align with a pair of Detroit artists again, this time closer to their home turf. George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus offer inventive takes on indie-pop with a guitar/keyboard-centric rock fueled by simple, dangerously ear-worming melodies. Power-pop specialists Citizen Smile take similarly sweet melodies and punch it up considerably with intricate guitar phrasings and road-trip ready/go-ahead-and-rev-it-up rhythms. The bands perform at the Maidstone Theatre in Ypsilanti on Saturday night.
But, back to the local angle; the Maidstone show also features The Landmarks. Low, cool vocals intertwine their warble with space-rock guitar flourishes (with just the right dash of distortion) over an amped-up post-punk percussion. Follow the link below to stream their newest single:
Listen: The Landmarks – “April 6 (A Humble Wind)”
Show Info: 5/24 – 9pm – Madistone Theatre – 1425 Ecorse Rd, Ypsilanti
Man Vs. Indian Man / George Morris & The Gypsy Chorus / The Landmarks / Citizen Smile $5
But, Before you go:
This week, we’ve also been listening to Stormy Chromer, a post-rock outfit between Ypsi and Ann Arbor that display keen sensibilities for the guitar – going from a jangly surf into a funky (wah-flexing) twangs, knotty post-punk spindles and a jazz-like knack for spread-out jams that can still keep things tight and land on a dime.
Listen: Stormy Chromer – “Yett”
Show Info: Wednesday 5/28 – 9pm – Blind Pig – 208 S.
First St, Ann Arbor Moon Lake / Marx Marston / Tetra / Thisbeatsreal / Stormy Chromer $5